MATCH 28 (ECS21.903) AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF MALTA (AUM) v MARSA (MAR) 1330 GMT | 1430 CET | 1900 IST
AUM Last Five Matches: L WL W W(Avg Score For 102, Avg Score Against 79)
MAR Last Five Matches: L L L NR L (Avg Score For 80, Avg Score Against 91)
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF MALTA (AUM)
Captain: Jit Patel
Wicketkeeper: Darshit Patankar
Projected Top Four: Darshit Patankar, Bikram Arora, Varun Prasath, Abhishek Prajapati
Projected Opening Bowlers: Jit Patel, Varun Prasath
Spin Options: Zoheb Malek, Abhishek Kuntala, Darshnik Gohil
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF MALTA Key Players:
Zoheb Malek, the all-rounder ended as the leading wicket taker for AUM earlier in the year scalping EIGHT wickets in nine matches. He also racked up 102 runs. Returned figures of 2-1 vs RST on Saturday.
Darshit Patankar, the wicket-keeper batter mustered 224 runs in nine games at a strike rate of 166 including two unbeaten fifties. He ended up as the second highest run scorer in the FanCode ECS Malta 2021. Scored 59 runs on Saturday.
Varun Prasath, the left-hander featured for the victorious Super Kings at FanCode ECS Malta 2021. He finished as the leading run scorer in the tournament, plundering 351 runs in 10 innings with 33 long sixes. Picked up FOUR wickets and scored 27 runs on Saturday.
Bikram Arora, Malta national team captain, another Super Kings player, the right hander racked up 216 runs in nine games in the previous edition finishing as the third highest scorer in the tournament. Top scorer for AUM scoring 87 runs in two games on Saturday.
Darshnik Gohil, left arm off-spinner, top wicket taker for AUM on Saturday scalping FIVE wickets in two games including a player of the match effort of 4-7.
Captain: Haroon Mughal
Wicketkeeper: John Grima
Projected Top Four: Fanyan Mughal, Zeeshan Khan, Niraj Khanna, Gurjeet Singh
Projected Opening Bowlers: Fazil Khan, Waseem Abbas
Spin Options: Sidharth Anand
MARSA Key Players:
Nowell Khosla, a handy all-rounder, is a natural strokemaker with the bat and a quality spin bowler. He picked up SEVEN wickets and scored 120 runs in the previous edition.
Zeeshan Khan, one of the top players for Marsa, is fearless and loves to take on the new ball bowlers, was top run scorer for Marsa in the previous edition with 206 runs from nine matches with 15 LONG maximos.
Niraj Khanna, right-handed batter, second highest scorer for MAR racking up 176 runs in eight innings including a crafty half century and was named man of the match for this effort.
Waseem Abbas, national team opening bowler, gets good movement off the seam, his height helps extract good bounce off the pitch that troubles batsmen. Top wicket taker for Marsa at FanCode ECS Malta 2021 with 11 scalps from nine matches, can also give it a whack with bat in hand.
American University of Malta started off in style winning both their games by big margins vs RST. AUM will be keen to carry on the momentum against Marsa. On the other hand, Marsa are without a win in their last five ECS games. Infact, their last win came against AUM back in June earlier this year when MAR won the double header. Will MAR get back to winning ways versus AUM?
Last time they met: ECS21.461 | MAR 65(8.2) def AUM 61 (21 Jun 2021)
Match Prediction: American University of Malta (AUM) to edge a narrow win.
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